Sarah's key areas of practice are divorce and separation, pre and post-nuptial agreements, domestic abuse, and financial issues which follow relationship breakdown. Sarah also advises on complex Private law children cases with multiple parties, applications for leave to remove a child permanently from the Jurisdiction, prohibited steps applications to prevent the removal of children, Parental and Step-Parental Responsibility Agreements, Specific Issue application such as change of name, contact and residence disputes. She also has experience in advising on financial applications in relation to children, Special Guardianship applications and Public Law children matters, acting for both children and parents.
Sarah is a member of the Law Society Family Panel and Children Panel, Thames Valley Family Law Society, and Association of Lawyers for Children. She is a trained Mediator, Collaborative Lawyer, accredited specialist with Resolution and is the Chairperson for the Berkshire branch of Resolution.
Sarah qualified as a solicitor in 1984. She has a degree in Law from Birmingham University and passed Law Society Finals at Guildford College of Law. Sarah first got on the Law Society Children Panel in 1994, qualified as a Resolution Mediator in 1996 and as a Collaborative Lawyer in 2006.
"Extremely good' Clifton Ingram LLP Solicitors' ‘highly competent and dedicated team’ is ‘an excellent choice for those who want realistic advice without paying the earth’. Senior consultant Sarah Benfield is ‘technical, available, incredibly hard-working and would be anyone’s safe "port in a storm”'). Legal 500 - 2018/19 Edition
“The ‘modern and forward-thinking’ team at Clifton Ingram LLP Solicitors delivers ‘an impressive standard of professionalism across the board’. Senior consultant Sarah Benfield ‘is a towering authority’ and someone that ‘clients want in their corner during a tough situation’”. Legal 500 – 2017 Edition
“Sarah Benfield’s ‘professionalism, experience and tenacity are a huge credit to the firm'” Legal 500 – 2015 Edition
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Sarah is a Family & Divorce solicitor based in Clifton Ingram’s Reading office.